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 TAAF Announces Its Anti-Hate National Network, Including The Launch of AAPI Action Centers in Chicago, New York City, and Oakland
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TAAF Announces Its Anti-Hate National Network, Including The Launch of AAPI Action Centers in Chicago, New York City, and Oakland

TAAF Also Unveils AAPI Emergency Relief Fund in Partnership with GoFundMe to Support Victims of Anti-AAPI Hate and Violence Across the Country

Advocacy group launches national network to combat anti-Asian hate
The Washington Post (AFP)

Advocacy group launches national network to combat anti-Asian hate

Funds are part of a broader effort to develop a more coordinated strategy among national and grass-roots groups dedicated to protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and supporting victims of hate crimes.

The Asian American Foundation builds national advocacy network to fight anti-Asian hate
Axios

The Asian American Foundation builds national advocacy network to fight anti-Asian hate

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is setting up a nationwide effort for national and local advocacy groups to work together as violence and hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders persist.

Advocacy Groups Launch Anti-Hate Network
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Advocacy Groups Launch Anti-Hate Network

TAAF announced the launch of a national anti-hate network Tuesday to provide better coordination and collaboration between organizations working to combat anti-Asian hate.

Exclusive: White House meets with The Asian American Foundation
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Exclusive: White House meets with The Asian American Foundation

President Biden, Vice President Harris and other White House officials met this afternoon with members of the The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), a newly formed philanthropic group aimed at fighting racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Axios has learned.

Press Release: The Asian American Foundation Announces Historic Commitment of Over $1 Billion For AAPI Communities
TAAF

Press Release: The Asian American Foundation Announces Historic Commitment of Over $1 Billion For AAPI Communities

Through Its “AAPI Giving Challenge,” TAAF Raises Groundbreaking Support for AAPI Organizations and Causes Thanks To Philanthropic, Corporate, Individual Partners TAAF Leaders, Advisory Council Members, Partners Briefed Biden-Harris Administration Officials at White House Today On Their Plans To Provide Increased Resources To AAPI Communities

White House and TAAF Hosted Meeting Yesterday on Hate Prevention with AAPI Faith Leaders in Advance of 9/11 Anniversary
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White House and TAAF Hosted Meeting Yesterday on Hate Prevention with AAPI Faith Leaders in Advance of 9/11 Anniversary

The Asian American Foundation joined the White House Office of Public Engagement to host a meeting with AAPI faith leaders on hate prevention and racial equity in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

How the Asian American Foundation Secured $1.1 Billion for AAPI Organizations
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How the Asian American Foundation Secured $1.1 Billion for AAPI Organizations

[What TAAF] has raised so far via its AAPI Giving Challenge more than doubles the annual resources on hand for AAPI nonprofit groups over the next five years. Its infrastructure-building model and the buy-in it has earned from power players across multiple sectors also gives TAAF great potential to keep the taps flowing for AAPI advocacy.

Inconclusive review of virus origins prompts calls for more probes: ‘We have to get to the bottom of this’
The Washington Post (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/AP)

Inconclusive review of virus origins prompts calls for more probes: ‘We have to get to the bottom of this’

The Biden administration is also navigating complicated domestic politics, with activists having warned that any finding that faults China for the virus’s origin could foster threats to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a constituency that broke heavily for Biden in last year’s election. The Asian American Foundation “is deeply concerned that the debate over the origins of the pandemic — and some of the rhetoric driving the debate — could further fan the flames of anti-AAPI hate,” the group said in a statement this week.

Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Coronavirus
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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Coronavirus

The investigation of the theory that the virus was accidentally created in the lab has made some people uneasy, especially those who believe the accusation is racist. Sonal Shah, the president of the Asian American Foundation, questioned the intelligence community’s entire effort to examine the origins of the pandemic, and said it could increase the risk of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Readout of White House Roundtable Meeting with AA and NHPI Faith Leaders
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Readout of White House Roundtable Meeting with AA and NHPI Faith Leaders

Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and AA and NHPI Senior Liaison at the White House, Sonal Shah, President of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), and the White House Office of Public Engagement, hosted a virtual meeting with AA and NHPI faith leaders on hate prevention and AA and NHPI inclusion in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination
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Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination

A new foundation is launching with $250 million in backing from influential executives and major companies.

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We Commemorate, We Commit: Out of Catastrophe, a Conversation on Connection and Repair
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We Commemorate, We Commit: Out of Catastrophe, a Conversation on Connection and Repair

In a moving conversation moderated by IFYC founder Eboo Patel in partnership with Sonal Shah, the founding president of The Asian American Foundation, the four shared a virtual stage yesterday to reflect on that morning two decades ago, mourn the 3,000 who died, and tell how they turned catastrophe into a catalyst for their life’s work: activism, research, teaching and writing that aims to protect, inspire and serve.

Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says
Washington Post (AP)

Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says

The number of hate crimes in the United States rose in 2020 to the highest level in 12 years, propelled by increasing assaults targeting Black and Asian people, the FBI reported Monday. In all, the federal agency tallied 7,759 hate crimes last year, a tumultuous 12 months marked by a global pandemic, a divisive presidential election and upheaval in the economy.

Over 20 organizations demand Biden 'redouble' efforts to fight anti-Asian bias
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Over 20 organizations demand Biden 'redouble' efforts to fight anti-Asian bias

As the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is set to end this month, the groups warn that discussions of the report could aggravate anti-Asian hate.

6 Charts That Dismantle The Trope Of Asian Americans As A Model Minority
NPR

6 Charts That Dismantle The Trope Of Asian Americans As A Model Minority

"Smart." "Hard-working." "Nice." Those were among the adjectives that respondents offered up in a recent poll when asked to describe Asian Americans. The poll, conducted by the nonprofit Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change (LAAUNCH), was another all-too-familiar reminder that Asian Americans are still perceived as the "model minority."

Asian Americans deserve respect, not 'Go back to China' insults and worse: Elaine Chao
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Asian Americans deserve respect, not 'Go back to China' insults and worse: Elaine Chao

It's outrageous that in the 21st century, AAPI people and others live in fear because they look like their ancestors didn’t arrive on the Mayflower.

How Asian Americans are experiencing a new wave of activism
The Today Show

How Asian Americans are experiencing a new wave of activism

As part of “We Belong,” a network-wide initiative to celebrate AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Heritage Month, NBC investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen joins TODAY with a look at how Asian Americans are speaking up against hate and division.

The first Korean American first lady in the US: We will not stand silent any more
CNN

The first Korean American first lady in the US: We will not stand silent any more

Yumi Hogan, TAAF Advisory Board Member, first lady of Maryland, and the first Korean American first lady in the United States, shares her American Dream as a first-generation Korean American.